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Stoltenberg speaks on suspension of NATO training activities in Iraq

Source : 112 Ukraine

Prime Minister of Canada and the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) emphasized the importance of de-escalating tensions in the region
12:54, 8 January 2020

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NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated that the suspension of NATO training activities in Iraq is a temporary force protection measure. He did that during the phone conversation with the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, PM’s press service reports.

“Suspension of NATO training activities is a temporary force protection measure and that NATO is prepared to continue its activities when the situation permits,” Stoltenberg stated.

Trudeau and Stoltenberg also emphasized the importance of de-escalating tensions and the need to support security and stability in Iraq and the wider region, notably through ongoing counter-Daesh efforts.

Related: NATO suspends its training mission in Iraq

It is worth noting that on January 6, the NATO Council convened for an extraordinary meeting in view of the escalating situation in Iraq.

As we reported earlier, an explosion occurred in the green zone of Baghdad at the United States Embassy. Reuters informed about it.

According to the American newspaper, a rocket fell near the building of the U.S. Embassy in the diplomatic area of the Iraqi capital. Now all the entrances to the US diplomatic mission are closed.

Related: Iran fires missiles at US targets in Iraq

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